Commission on Disaster Response

Diocesan Response to Hurricane Harvey: 

To make a financial donation to diocesan relief efforts, click the green donate button below:

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Merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men:  Look with pity upon the sorrows of your servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Book of Common Prayer

DWTX Disaster Recovery Plan of Action

Jennifer Wickham, Bishop's Deputy for Disaster Recovery,
September 18, 2017

Bishop David Reed has called Jennifer Wickham to serve as Bishop’s Deputy for Disaster Recovery, beginning immediately and continuing at least through the end of the year. As the on-going response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation shifts from emergency assistance to long-term rebuilding, Wickham will oversee and coordinate the recovery efforts of the diocese in the affected areas. Read more.

 

How to help:

Monetary Donations: Monetary donations and gift cards are the best way to contribute to the needs of the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. When there are specific items needed, we will communicate those needs through the clergy of the diocese, so that we can all respond at an appropriate level and timely manner to the specified need.You can donate through the link above and always return to this page at www.dwtx.org/disaster-response.

Volunteering: Volunteers are needed in the areas of Refugio, Rockport, Victoria, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, Port Lavaca, and elsewhere. Some housing assistance may be available. Coordinate all volunteer teams and trips with Traci Maxwell, volunteer coordinator, DWTXDisasterRecovery@gmail.com.
See volunteer information here.

Material Donations: Many churches around the diocese have taken in material donations in the last few weeks. Sean Maloney has agreed to coordinate this effort. He is in the process of consolidating the many piles of donations around the area and setting up a central supply depot. While we prefer monetary donations, some supplies and household goods are still needed by affected residents and work teams coming into the area. As you identify specific needs in your community, let us know. We will send word through our pipelines and get those items to you ASAP. If you have stored goods that you’d like removed, let Sean know. He’ll take them off your hands and make sure you have only what you need. Sean may be reached at frseanmaloney@gmail.com.

 

Letters from the diocesan office

Read a letter from the bishops, sent Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 7:50 p.m.

Regarding insurance claims, sent Tuesday, August 29

 

Links

Episcopal Relief and Development, donate etc.

  • Post-Disaster Ministry Resources
    Ministering to Children After a Disaster – Grades K-5
    Ministering to Youth After a Disaster – Grades 6-8
    Ministering to Teens After a Disaster – Grades 9-12
    Ministering to Adults After a Disaster

Episcopal Diocese of Texas Hurricane Harvey Resources

 

Disaster Preparedness and Response Commission Contact Information:

Jennifer Wickham, Bishop's Deputy for Disaster Recovery, 210-548-6996, jstwickham@gmail.com

The Rev. Nancy Springer, Diocesan Disaster Response Chair: 210-382-1195 (cell) or nspringer@staec.org

Bishop Jones Center (Episcopal DWTX): 888/210-824-5387; fax: 210-822-8779